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Crook arrested in bank robbery done “by the book”

A crook who was carrying a magazine article about how to use a disguise when robbing a bank was carrying the article with him when he allegedly robbed a bank branch last year in Buffalo.

Antwan Lindsay, 41, was captured minutes after he forced a teller to hand over $1,700 in cash at an M&T Bank branch at 130 Grant St. last April 7. Thursday, exactly a year after his arrest, Lindsay pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to third degree robbery. Judge Thomas P. Franczyk set sentencing for June 7.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Lindsay gave a teller a note demanding that she hand over all of the $100 bills she had. He put the money in a plastic bag and, as soon as he was out of the bank, he threw away the hat and sweatshirt he was wearing. Even so, with help from M&T security officers, Buffalo Police Officers Elizabeth Baker and Thomas James caught up with Lindsay later less than a mile from the bank.

Along with the stolen money, Lindsay was carrying his New York State Department of Corrections ID card and the magazine article on the use of disguises in bank robberies.

Lindsay, who has been jailed since his arrest, faces a possible maximum sentence of up to seven years in prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jeremy V. Murray.